ERIC Number: ED354341
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1992-Dec
Critical Issues and Problems in Technology Education.
Wicklein, Robert C.
The purpose of a study was to identify the critical issues and problems that are and will be affecting the progress of the technology education discipline. The study used a four-round Delphi technique process to ascertain and prioritize the critical issues and problems in technology education. The panel consisted of seven secondary teachers, nine teacher educators, and nine secondary and collegiate administrators. In the first Delphi probe, panel members identified 580 items. Key descriptors were identified from each entry and grouped according to like classifications under each section of the study. Upon completion of the classification process, there were 17 items in the present issues section, 21 in the future issues section, 43 items in the present problems section, and 24 items in the future problems section. During the second Delphi probe, panel members selected and prioritized the top 15 critical issues or problems. During the third Delphi probe, panel members compared their previous analyses with the identified top issues and problems of the overall group and ranked them again. Major changes were made in each section. Greater consensus was reached in the fourth Delphi probe. An examination of the top five criteria within the sections showed that three issues/problems were identified multiple times: curriculum development concerns, knowledge base concerns, and interdisciplinary approaches to the delivery of the technology education content. (Contains 17 references.) (YLB)
Descriptors: Course Content, Curriculum Design, Curriculum Development, Delphi Technique, Educational Change, Educational Development, Educational Planning, Educational Research, Futures (of Society), Interdisciplinary Approach, Needs Assessment, Postsecondary Education, Program Content, Program Development, Secondary Education, Strategic Planning, Technology Education, Trend Analysis
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Vocational Association (St. Louis, MO, December 1992).